Urge Board of Forestry Not to Weaken Forest Protections

Once again, the timber industry is pressuring the Board of Forestry to weaken habitat protections for wildlife and salmon. On September 7 in Salem, the Board will consider changes to “Habitat Conservation Areas” (HCAs) under the State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that could open up nearly 9,000 acres to clearcuts. Years have already been spent developing boundaries for the HCAs based on the best available science. This new tinkering with the HCA boundaries throws this previous work out the window and only benefits timber interests at the expense of healthy habitats and the species that depend on them.

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Oregon's Tillamook Elk Mountain, photo courtesy of Alamy Stock Photo

We need your help to keep the pressure on. You sent a strong message in June, when thousands of people sent emails and more than 50 people spoke out at the Board meeting in Sisters to advocate for a strong HCP. Now, the timber industry and its allies are trying to carve up the boundaries of the HCAs.

This would not only undermine the HCP, but also violate Oregon law that requires all Board decisions be supported by the best available science. There is no scientific foundation for the proposed HCA boundary changes.

Take Action

  1. For in-person or virtual oral testimony on either September 6 or 7 between 8-10 a.m. you need to register no later than 5 p.m. on September 1. Click here for instructions. Direct link to sign up.
  2. Written testimony. Please send your comment to the Board of Forestry by 5 p.m. on September 1 at BoardofForestry@oregon.gov
Northern Spotted Owl by Scott Carpenter

Key Talking Points:

  • Ask the Board of Forestry to oppose the resolution to amend boundaries of the Habitat Conservation Areas (HCAs)
  • Changing the HCA boundaries is not based on the best available science
  • Changing the HCA boundaries conflicts with Oregon law since all Board decisions need to be supported by the best available science
  • Support the passage of the State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan Alternative 3.  The existing HCP already contains science-based HCA boundaries that are based on a multi-year public process compromise between timber extraction and habitat protection.  

Thank you for speaking up for Oregon’s forests!